RIVER GROVE, Ill., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Follett Corporation today announced the promotion of Thomas J. Schenck, currently president of Follett Software Company, to the role of group president of Follett Technology Solutions and International Group, effective April 1, 2010.
"Based on Tom's experience and success in leading our technology businesses, he is uniquely qualified and ready for this opportunity," said Christopher D. Traut, president and CEO, Follett Corporation. Schenck will report to Traut as a member of Follett's Executive Committee. He will have management accountability for group operations and businesses, including Follett Software Company (FSC), a leading software applications provider to K-12 schools and school districts throughout North America, as well as Follett International.
Schenck joined FSC in 1989, serving as director of Software Engineering, and later was promoted to executive director of Development. Before he was appointed president of FSC in 1998, Schenck oversaw Development, Data Services, and Information Services for the technology business. As president of FSC, Schenck was responsible for the introduction and expansion of the Web-based Destiny platform in the K-12 marketplace, which has become the leading library and textbook automation product in North America. He also was instrumental in the corporation's acquisitions of the Sagebrush library automation and TetraData data warehousing and management businesses in 2006, both of which are now part of FSC.
Prior to joining Follett, Schenck held a series of development and leadership roles at several technology firms, including the software company Informatics in Maryland and the Library Corporation in West Virginia. He also co-founded Library Systems and Services, a Maryland-based library automation software and service company.
Schenck succeeds Chuck Follett, who will assume a new role as corporate advisor reporting to Traut, effective April 1. Follett retains his roles as a member of the Executive Committee and the Follett Board of Directors.
Follett Software Company is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation.
Follett Corporation is a $2.7 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett is the nation's largest provider of library materials and library technology to K-12 schools, the leading operator of college bookstores and a major distributor of textbooks to institutions at all levels of education. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873, and is headquartered in River Grove, Illinois.